1. Take a Walk

    Today is National Walking Day – a day designated to encourage people to get out and walk in their neighborhoods and communities. Trees are an important part of making those communities walkable.   A ten-year study in Melbourne, Australia has found that the overall health of residents of new housing...
  2. President Obama, Ever Consider More Trees?

    You would have to live under a rock to not know that President Obama presented his State of the Union address to Congress and the country last night. During his speech, he talked about climate change, its effects on our country, and urged us to take action. He said:  ...
  3. The Relationship Between Trees & Human Health

    The Relationship Between Trees and Human Health Evidence from the Spread of the Emerald Ash Borer   Background: Several recent studies have identifıed a relationship between the natural environment and improved health outcomes. However, for practical reasons, most have been observational, cross-sectional studies.   Purpose: A natural experiment, which provides...
  4. The Dust Bowl – Can It Happen Again?

    This is an interesting article by Mark Hopkins at Valley Crest. He talks about the connection between native plantings, drought conditions, and the Dust Bowl. It seems the bulk of action needs to be taken by urban residents. In the 1930’s the nation’s mid-section experienced one of the worst ecological...
  5. Public Comment for CALTRANS Main Street Guide

    CALTRANS is currently accepting public comment for their Main Street Guide. Main street planning and design affects travelers,communities, and the environment. Therefore, streets that serve the greatest common good address all three categories. This document describes main street planning, design and operational strategies that support principles of multimodal networks, complete...
  6. L.A. Climate Study Shows Need for Cooling Effect of Tree Canopies

    Los Angeles, CA (June 19, 2012)- The City of Los Angeles has announced findings from one of the most sophisticated regional climate studies ever produced, predicting temperatures for as far out as the years 2041 – 2060. The bottom line: it’s going to get hot.   According to Los Angeles...
  7. Benicia Branches Out to Improve Air Quality

    Understanding And Valuing Benicia’s Urban Forest Jeanne Steinmann Before the gold rush in 1850, Benicia’s hills and flats made for a rather barren landscape. In 1855, humorist George H. Derby, an army Lieutenant, is reported to have liked the people of Benicia, but not the place, as it was “not...
  8. Boy Scouts Plant Trees in Santa Monica

    Boy Scouts plant trees for achievement, environment   By Ashley Archibald, Santa Monica Daily Press     A stand of young California sycamores, supported by poles nearly as tall as the trees themselves, line what used to be a dilapidated asphalt pad, sentinels against the waves of invisible chemicals and...